May 27th, 2006

Carrot cake suitable for food allergies?

I'm making a cake for a friend who is visiting, and I'm stuck on finding a recipe. She's allergic/sensitive to a whole lot of stuff, and can't handle - very many nuts, white flour, oily foods, lots of strong spices, and a few fruits and vegetables. She did say that she can eat carrots. When I asked her about flours, she said that she can eat 'dark bread'  which I assume means whole wheat type breads - this also makes me a little uncertain as to whether I should use plain sugar too. She can eat soy cream cheese with no problem.
Does anyone have any recipes or ideas for a carrot cake and icing I could make? Removing and cutting down on the ingredients she can't eat well just kinda leaves me with carrot bread covered in icing.

agar-agar

I was at the international market today and came across what seem to be strips of agar. The package was imported and written in Japanese, and cost $1.69 for 40 grams. The strips are thin but strong, pretty bland, and look like this:



The nutritional info given boggles me, though. While the only ingredient is "agar agar", it says that a serving of 18 pieces and 50g has something like 260 calories and all sorts of sugar and fat and stuff. I thought agar had almost no nutritional value, so between the price and the nutritional info I'm confused-all the agar I've seen before cost way way more than that. Is this the agar you use to jel stuff, or something else? And how do I use it in strip form?
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